Meet the Staff
Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples
Michelle Sanchez is Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples for the Covenant. Her dream is to foster a multiethnic movement of disciples who make disciples across all ages. Prior to this role, Michelle served as Pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Church in the Boston area. She has previously served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. Michelle earned an M.Div. and Th.M. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and completed spiritual direction training at Boston College. She loves poetry, cycling, and reading voraciously. Michelle is married to Mickey, a staff worker at Northwestern University with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries. As much as they enjoy making and deepening disciples in ministry, they treasure this the most at home with their two children and favorite disciples in the world!
Director of Discipleship
Originally from southwest Ohio, James moved to Minnesota in September 2004 to work at Crossroads Church, a Covenant congregation. During his 15 years at Crossroads, he directed numerous youth, worship, and discipleship ministry initiatives within the church’s multi-site structure. As the church’s executive pastor of discipleship, he led the charge to create clear pathways for people to take the next step in their faith journey. James has a BA from Campbellsville University, an MDIV from Cincinnati Christian University, and a DMIN from Luther Seminary. When he is not creating processes, connecting dots, and telling stories, he can be found singing classic rock songs with his daughter (Gianna), discussing politics with his wife (Jena), or throwing a rubber chicken for his dog (Bocephus) to retrieve.
Director of Children, Family and Intergenerational Ministries
Steve Burger has served churches in New York and Minnesota with his wife Marti, prior to serving in his present position. Their daughter Melissa Wall serves as Pastor of Deer Grove Covenant Church, Palatine, IL, son-in-law, Fredrik serves in the ECC Denominational Offices, and their son Paul and his wife Britta are pastors at Bethany Covenant Church in Mt Vernon, WA. Steve can recall moments from infancy and feels closest to God when he is with children. He is committed to supporting and partnering with those who minister with children, families and intergenerational communities of faith.
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry
Tim Ciccone is Director of Youth Ministry for the Evangelical Covenant Church and has a deep passion to serve and encourage youth workers across the denomination. He is father to Caleb, Josiah, Samantha, and Ethan and has been married to Maria for 18 years. Prior to his role Tim was the Pastor of Generational Discipleship at Hillcrest Covenant Church in the Kansas City area. He earned his MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary and has been serving in the church for over 24 years. Tim is passionate about people finding and following Jesus!
Jane Chao Pomeroy
Director of Ministry Initiatives
Jane has a passion to see churches be a light in the darkness of today’s world. Prior to this role, she served as creative director for Covenant Communications where she worked on initiatives such as BLESS, the I Am Conference, Embrace, and CHIC. With a love for design and technology, Jane has served with ministries such as the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and Moody Global Ministries, overseeing the implementation of branding, and messaging across all digital channels. Outside of work, you can find her at home with her husband, Kevin, and two dogs, Modo and Ava, repotting her many plants.
Coordinator of Administrative Services
Pam Cobb became the Coordinator of Administrative Services for the Make and Deepen Disciples team after having served as Office Manager for Covenant Pines Bible Camp in Minnesota’s northwoods for 6 years. When you speak with her you will instantly realize she has lived in the south (Texas and Kentucky) for much of her life. She has extensive experience as a Director of Missions and Office Manager. Pam earned a Masters in Intercultural Studies from Asbury Seminary, in Kentucky. Her mission is “to enable Christians to be what God has called them to be.” She enjoys nature, traveling, quilting, and hosting tea parties (hats, silver, and all) Sophie and Toby, Pam’s cats, are not nearly as excited about moving to Chicago as Pam is. For Pam, being in Chicago means being able to visit her daughter’s family (grandchildren) in Indiana frequently and a quicker flight to Savannah to see her youngest daughter.